5 things to know about Omarosa Manigault Newman

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5 things to know about Omarosa Manigault Newman

The White House lost another employee yesterday. Omarosa Manigault Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, will leave from her position in President Donald Trump’s administration next month, officials confirmed Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Manigault Newman’s resignation will be effective Jan. 20, the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.

“We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service,” Huckabee Sanders said.

Want to know more about Manigault Newman? Here a five things you should know.

She has degrees in journalism and communications.

Born the day after Valentine’s Day in 1975, Manigault Newman grew up Youngstown, Ohio. After graduating high school, she attended Central State University, located about three hours away from her hometown. She earned her bachelors degree in broadcast journalism and later moved to Washington D.C. to snag her masters in communications from Howard University. 

The 43-year-old has experienced family tragedy.

Her father was murdered when she was seven years old, and in 2011, her brother was also murdered. He was reportedly caught in a lovers quarrel. 

In 2010, she publicly began dating actor Michael Clarke Duncan, famous for his role in “The Green Mile.” In 2012, he went into cardiac arrest. While he was resuscitated, he never fully recovered and died about two months later. Five years later, she married John Allen Newman, a senior pastor of a church in Jacksonville, Florida.

She met Trump as a contestant on his reality show “The Apprentice.”

Manigault Newman first appeared on the show in 2004. There, she forged a relationship with Trump, praising him for his work and business ethic. However, she was controversial. Her feuds with her co-stars often made headlines and she became know as a villain, a title she has denounced. In 2008, she returned to the show’s sequel “Celebrity Apprentice,” and in 2013, she made an appearance on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”

Manigault Newman began working for the Trump campaignin 2016.

During the Republican National Convention, she announced she had been named the director of African-American outreach for Trump’s presidential campaign. She later joined his transition team after he was elected and worked as an aide. 

Her departure from the White House was reportedly a tumultuous one. 

Contrary to the White House statement, sources told reporter April Ryan and The New York Times's Yamichi Alcindor that Manigault Newman did not resign. Instead, sources said she was fired Tuesday.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report. 

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